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NEW CHAIRMAN IS WILDLIFE ENTHUSIAST
THE Cranborne Chase AONB has appointed Nicholas (Nick) Gosse, a former oil company executive with first-hand experience of preserving critically endangered wildlife, as chairman.
Nick and his wife, Claudia, have lived within the AONB, in Underhill, East Knoyle, for the last three years, where they are active in various community activities, including writing nature notes for the local newsletter.
It was Nick’s childhood interest in natural history and the environment that took him, as a young man, to Kenya for two years where he worked for a zoological collector and game translocation specialist. On returning to England he pursued a career in mechanical engineering and project management.
“This provided me with a wonderful opportunity to explore natural environments as diverse as the jungles of Borneo and the mountains and deserts of the Iran, the Gulf States and the Maghreb, always with a camera to hand,” he said.
Nick spent the last 15 years of his career running the interests of an international oil company, first in North Africa and then in Russia. In the latter he linked up with the Director General of the Astrakhan Biosphere Zones and secured company sponsorship for a breeding programme to preserve the critically endangered western population of the Siberian Crane, as well as a breeding and release project for three native species of sturgeon in the Volga Delta.
Of protected landscapes in the UK, Nick said: “There are encouraging signs from the government that it is coming to recognise the vital importance of the link between agriculture and the preservation of the natural environment. This provides real hope for the creation of a sustainable nationally designated landscape.
“To quote the Environment Secretary: ‘This Government has pledged that we must be the first generation to leave the environment in a better state than we found it.’ For this enlightened policy to take root, we need centres of learning to promote an understanding of why agriculture and nature must harmonise. They are the indivisible components in the creation of a sustainable landscape and ecosystem that will survive for future generations.”